Saturday, November 21, 2009

NASA: No news yet on Atlantis astronaut's baby

Atlantis astronaut Randy Bresnik began today's spacewalk, his first, anticipating news about his daughter's birth in Houston.

But NASA had none after the successful six-hour spacewalk, and the shuttle crew entered its scheduled sleep time around 7 p.m.

"Nothing new to report, I'm sorry," lead station flight director Brian Smith told reporters after the spacewalk by Bresnik and Mike Foreman. "The Bresnik launch countdown clock has got some unpredictable and variable holds in it, so it's very hard to predict."

A delivery by Bresnik's wife has been anticipated since Friday. He would be the second U.S. astronaut on orbit for a child's birth.

Managers hope the shuttle and station crews are not interrupted for a third consecutive night be false alarms that are believed to be caused by a recently arrived Russian module.

Tests are planned Sunday morning on what will otherwise largely be a day off for the two crews.

Bresnik and mission specialist Bobby Satcher will prepare for the 11-day shuttle mission's third and final spacewalk.

Crewmates will continue to transfer some cargo back and forth between the shuttle and station, a process that is now more than half complete.

Here's a look ahead at Flight Day Seven:

2:58 a.m. Atlantis and International Space Station crews awake.
6:08 a.m. Atlantis crew off-duty period begins.
10:38 a.m. Media interviews with WTTG-TV, Bay News 9 and WBBM Radio.
12:08 p.m. Educational event with students at Tennessee Tech University.
2:33 p.m. Begin review of procedures for spacewalk No. 3.
4:53 p.m. Mission specialists Randy Bresnik and Bobby Satcher begin pre-spacewalk "campout" in Quest airlock.
5:58 p.m. Station crew sleeps.
6:28 p.m. Atlantis crew sleeps.

IMAGE NOTE: Astronaut Randy Bresnik, STS-129 mission specialist, reads his crew notebook on the aft flight deck of Space Shuttle Atlantis during flight day two activities. Credit: NASA.

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